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Barnsley resident Mathew Hanley took these photographs of the fire at the Asos factory warehouse on Park Spring Road in Grimethorpe near Barnsley last night (Friday June 20,2014).
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue who are investigating the blaze believe it could have been started deliberately.
A fashion retail expert told ITV News that a fire at the large Asos distribution centre near Barnsley could cause "chaos" further down the supply chain.
As well as existing stock, taking their website down will mean no further sales are made.
"Not selling anything thing means there will be a backlog of items waiting to come into the warehouse," said the insider, who works for a company that supplies Asos.
"This can cause chaos with smaller suppliers who don’t necessarily have the space to hold onto orders.
"Smaller factories will be manufacturing Autumn/Winter collections now and it may be prohibitively expensive to rush certain summer collections back into production."
We’ve had a fire in our warehouse & fortunately nobody’s hurt. We’re working on this now & hope to be back to normal in a day or so
A serious fire at an Asos warehouse near Barnsley was started deliberately, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue believe. The company has had to temporarily stop taking orders online due to the damage caused by the blaze.
Asos have issued the following statement regarding the huge fire which has damaged their Barnsley warehouse leading to the company temporarily taking their internet shop offline.
– Asos spokesperson
"A fire broke out at our Barnsley Distribution Centre late on Friday night, June 20th. The site was attended by the fire service promptly and the fire was quickly brought under control. Our first and overriding concern is our people. We are very relieved that no one has been hurt. In order not to disappoint our customers we have temporarily stopped taking orders. When we have clarity on the situation, we will issue a further statement."
The Asos warehouse damaged in a fire near Barnsley is said to contain over 10 million boxes of packaging and is more than 60,000 square metres in size.
The building is described on the Asos website as "the size of six football pitches, so pretty huge. Every one of our products comes here and is checked, picked and packed before making its way by air, land or sea, to be delivered."
The retailer sells fashion and beauty products around the globe and last year made sales of over £750 million.
The A6195 Park Spring Road is closed in both directions due to the fire between High Street and B6273 Rotherham Road says the Highways Agency.
A message on the website of online fashion retailer Asos said the site was offline after a large fire at a warehouse near Barnsley.
The Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has posted a message on Twitter praising the fire crews who fought the blaze at the warehouse of online retailer ASOS.
– Michael Dugher MP
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says the fire at the main warehouse of online retailer ASOS is now out. One fire engine remains at the scene at Little Houghton, Barnsley with thermal imaging cameras to ensure the fire does not reignite.